The Roanoke Valley Supports Higher Education.

Local Universities and Colleges feed our local jobs market, build our economy, and enrich our lives.

Below are some of the many opportunities for higher education that are close to home.

Click on the links for each of these institutions to find out more.

Roanoke College – Roanoke College is an educational institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of humanities, business, and science. The college offers courses in biology, business studies, chemistry, engineering, foreign languages, economics, religious studies, history, music, mass communication, mathematics, psychology, and social work.

Hollins University – Hollins University was founded in 1842 as the first chartered women’s college in Virginia. It has about 600 female undergraduates, as well as some 200 students in its graduate school, which is coeducational. A private institution emphasizing the liberal arts, Hollins offers some 25 undergraduate majors and a dozen graduate degrees in subjects such as creative writing, liberal studies, children’s literature.

Virginia Western Community College – Virginia Western Community College is a 2 year public community college in Roanoke, Virginia. It is part of the Virginia Community College System. 

Students here find affordable general education opportunities that can transfer credits to other institutions as well as 2 year and certificate programs.

Ferrum College – Ferrum College is a 4 year private college in Ferrum, Virginia. The college was established in 1913 as the Ferrum Training School for primary and secondary education to serve the mountain communities of rural southwest Virginia before becoming Ferrum Junior College between 1940 and 1976. The school was founded by the United Methodist Church and gradually developed from primary to post-secondary education.